Student Advisory Board Member
The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Nashville will see some new differences. For one, Honda, the exclusive automotive partner of the NHL, will expand its League support as the title sponsor for the four–day festivities, along with the Skills Competition and All-Star Game itself.
The major change to the format of the game is a new 3-on-3 style tournament with each division being a team: Pacific, Central, Atlantic and Metropolitan. Each team will be made up of 11 players: six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders. Along with splitting the regular 60-minute game into three 20-minute games, with the overall winners taking home a prize of 1 million dollars.
- The 2016 NHL All-Star Fan Vote will allow fans to vote for one All-Star player from each Division, without regard to position. The top vote getter from each Division will be named NHL All-Stars, as well as Captain of his respective team.
- The remaining 40 NHL All-Stars will be named by the NHL Hockey Operations Department for a total of 44 All-Star players, with at least one player selected from each NHL team.
- The Skills Competition returns to a matchup between the Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Stars on Saturday evening, with the winning conference earning the right to select when their semi-final matchup will be played; first or second on Sunday.
- The Central Division All-Stars will face the Pacific Division All-Stars and the Atlantic Division All-Stars will face the Metropolitan Division All-Stars in the two Semi-Final games.
- The winners of each Semi-Final game will play each other in the All-Star Game Final to determine the overall tournament champion.
- The four division-leading NHL coaches (best points percentage following the completion of games on Jan. 9, 2016) will be named coaches for each of the four All-Star teams.